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Life Issues® Institute

Here's the most recent news and updates for this outstanding ministry!

October is National Down Syndrome Month

  • Monday, October 6, 2014

Every Sunday after the church service, Jim and I hug and talk about his week.  His weeks don't vary much.  He has school, work  and "fun time."  However, what did vary this week was his response.  When I hugged him goodbye and told him to have a great week, instead of the usual "Okeydokey," Jim's reply was "I've got this."

And you know what?  I know he does.

Jim may have Down syndrome and as a result, face some unique challenges, but through the 20 + years I've known him and watched him grow up with my ...

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Cassandra and Her Baby

  • Monday, September 22, 2014

I received a call from a friend at church who works at a school for troubled teens.  A young girl, Cassandra, whom she'd seen grow up at the school, had come to her in tears asking why God lets bad things happen to people who are trying to do the right thing.

Cassandra is 17 and had given birth to a beautiful little baby girl three years ago.  One could say she's a baby taking care of a baby and  . . . she's doing it on her own. Cassandra's dad isn't in the picture and her mom ...

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Life and Social Media

  • Sunday, August 24, 2014

It's back to school time and for some of us, that means kids going away to college.

A friend just left her son at Biola.  She signed up for a Biola Twitter feed and liked a Facebook page for parents of Biola students.  Another friend learned of an app which Cal Berkeley offers to students and their families that will help when they move their child into the dorms.

Social Media has changed our world.

There's good and bad side to that and a wise parent knows the balance.  Personally, I'm less concerned about the bad side ...

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Safe Surrender

  • Monday, July 28, 2014

To surrender is to give up . . . to end something.

Not always though.

As the 119th infant was surrendered in LA County since the Safe Surrender program began 13 years ago, these mothers didn't give up, they surrendered their babies to give them a new beginning.

The Safe Surrender Program allows new moms to surrender infants within 72 hours of birth, no questions asked.  A newborn girl who was surrendered at a hospital recently was the sixth infant turned over under the Safe Surrender law in Los Angeles County this year, according to county Supervisor Don Knabe.  A baby ...

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Fathers with Empty Arms

  • Monday, June 9, 2014

The value of every life is a message Brad Mattes has been sharing for nearly 40 years.  A father of four sons himself, celebrating babies and supporting their parents is something Brad holds as core to his own life commitment. 

As Father's Day approaches and our thoughts turn to the role of fathers in our lives,  Brad thinks about a particular type of father -- those  who won't have the opportunity to play a role in their children's' life.

"Every Father's Day, my mind goes to dads who'll never get to see or hold their babies ...

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How Far We've Come

  • Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Graduation quotes are trending on Twitter right now - I know because I have a vested interest in the subject as my son graduates from high school this week.  I'm enjoying reading wonderful words of wisdom about "how far" these young people have come as they close this chapter of their life and graduate into the future. 

Next week on "Life Issues®," Brad Mattes will share about how far we've come on the pro-life front.

"America is unquestionably pro-life. During the last two years, states have passed more protective legislation for mothers and their unborn babies than during the ...

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